Opening Day

13615004_10154919122123492_4868883357131644879_nSunday marks Opening Day for myself and the SJ Monarchs baseball team. It’ll mark the third summer since my buddy Kyle and I built this thing. Although, we haven’t gotten the results we shooted for things have been growing and moving in the right direction.

Another great thing that’s come from this baseball team is lifelong friendships. Some of the guys of our team will forever be part of my life and only baseball can create that sort of bond with different people. There’s just something about the sport that brings guys from all different places together win, lose, or draw.

While I know the things I stated in my previous post, this is not my final season playing baseball. God willing, I believe I physically have many more years to go and mentally the game has become easy for me. I’m blessed to be a student of the game of baseball and the game has given me immense joy over the last 20+ years. I’ll play as long as God (and family) allows me to.

I’m hoping to have a solid season production wise. I bulked up since last July in terms of muscle mass and I’ll know quickly if it benefitted me or hurt me. My mobility feels the same, however, we will see how the range of motion and speed will react once a ball is hit into centerfield. I batted over .450 last summer which was decent but I can’t expect the same kind of production. I wouldn’t mind a .350 summer.

I love playing, still smiling, still productive, and still look forward to Sunday’s.

Monday, April 3rd, will kick off the 2017 season for the Philadelphia Phillies. I’m not expecting much, around 75-80 wins, but there’s nothing better than having something to do every night for at least six months. I’m excited for players like Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco. I believe Herrera is a .310 or better hitter and he’s getting better every year. Franco, has some serious holes in his swing but can easily be a 30-HR, 90-100 RBI guy.

The prospects will be up periodically throughout the season and it’ll be cool to see what the future may look like. I’m not expecting much for the next couple years except growth and progression.

There’s a lot of cocky baseball fans out there and I’m not one of them. I’m not a pro player nor do I own any team. I’m a fan and that’s what I’ll always be. I’ll forever support the Philadelphia Phillies because that’s my squad. And I’ll never have anything against anyone who isn’t. Love who you love but don’t be a jerk about it because it just makes you look like a fool.

Well, I’ll sign off for now. Wrestlemania is this Sunday! It’s my Super Bowl.

My predictions: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar, Bayley, Enzo & Cass, Bray Wyatt, John Cena & Nikki Bella, Austin Aries, Baron Corbin, Braun Stroman.

Hope you all have a beautiful and blessed Easter holiday. Let’s also realize and remember why Easter is celebrated. It’s not about a bunny or chocolate or eggs. It’s about our salvation. It’s about our Lord and Savior BEATING death granting us eternal salvation and a way into eternity in heaven.

That’s what I’ll celebrate.

God bless all of you, and happy baseball 🙂

Chris

 

 

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Spring, Baseball, and Vegas

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It’s been about six weeks since my last post. Been ridiculously busy and stressed so I didn’t have much time to sit and type a little bit.

A lot has been going on. Lots of changes, heartache, tribulations, and triumphs. Life is good, I cannot complain. Well, at least not here I won’t.

Spring is officially here, according to the calendar. Still only 45 degrees outside but the sun is out. Not too bad. Thirteen days from today summer baseball officially begins for my team the South Jersey Monarchs. There’s plenty of excitement in the air heading into this season as the league made some significant changes that will benefit teams who have struggled. We made some key additions during the offseason and hopefully this will boost the team and give us a much needed push in the standings.

Baseball is Americana man, and I thank God everyday that I’m still able to physically and mentally play this game. I don’t know what 2018 will bring as this may be swan song year based off what I pray life will bring me and my fiance is the near future. However, I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Once you’re married and trying to build a family it’s really difficult (for me) to ask my wife to give up every weekend for the majority of the summer. She works incredibly hard and if she wants to go somewhere during the weekends then she deserves my attention.

Again, we will see what 2018 brings and if 2017 impacts those decisions. I wouldn’t be too upset if this is my final summer playing baseball as God gave me 25 years of it. Once again, can’t complain about it. I’ll miss great friends dearly but I’m just a little further in life than them right now and that’s quite alright. They should enjoy every minute they have the ability to play the greatest game on earth.

Nonetheless, I’m pumped to put my jersey and cleats on and go to war with my buddies.

It’s official: I’m going to Las Vegas in May and I’ll be flying….on an airplane….for almost five hours. I won’t go into detail but those who know me will understand my struggle with that important tidbit.

I’m most excited to be completing a dream of sorts while over there. Thanks to my selfless, observant, and beautiful bride-to-be, we will be sitting 12 rows from Criss Angel performing MINDFREAK LIVE! at the Luxor. There are no words on how much this means to me.

I’ve been a Loyal of Angel’s since 2005 and he’s been a true role model of mine and I never thought I’d actually be able to see him live in Las Vegas at the Luxor. That dream will become a reality in a matter of weeks. Believe that. I don’t publicly discuss how much I appreciate and follow Criss Angel often because people have opinions and judgements I make great attempts to avoid humans on that aspect of my life haha! Only my close friends get it. And I’m sure they balk at it too!

Wrestlemania 33 will commence on April 2nd and the show is shaping up to be pretty decent. Not how I’d write the card but it’s my superbowl and I can’t wait to sit and watch it with my fiance and closest friends. Good luck to all the men and women who lay it all on the line at the Showcase of Immortals.

I recently became a Distributor with AdvoCare I’m excited for the opportunities it could bring. I’ve used their products for almost a year now and will vouch for them. I don’t promote anything I don’t use or like. I’m not a salesman. However, I love the products and if you’re looking to enhance your fitness or overall health in a natural, herbal way hit me up and I’ll shoot straight with you. I want to see you be healthier and stronger than ever 😉

I’ll be back soon with another post. I won’t wait over a month to be back here. Have a great week all.

God bless,

Chris

 

 

Just tired…

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I wrote a week ago or so how it’s been a terrible few weeks of fitness in 2017. That was then.
This is now.

I’m still struggling. We are in week six of our eight week cycle at Crossfit Mt. Laurel and I think my body needs a break. Not long, maybe just a week.

Not going to happen. I can’t just take a week off. I’ve tried that before and I was off, mentally and physically off. Crossfit is a total outlet and lifestyle for me. Even my fiance, Morgan, tells me how different I am when I don’t go workout. It completely changes my psyche on a day-to-day basis.

Getting back to the main part of this post, I’m tired and I’m beginning to feel it more and more each day. My strength has simply not been where I want it to be and it’s killing me. My front squat and snatch was absolutely brutal the last two weeks. Last week I PR’d my clean and jerk which meant a lot to me because my form felt ‘good.’ PR’ing over 20lbs was a big deal but not good enough.

My body hasn’t responded like I had hoped to start 2017 and I’ve heard from others that I need to take a break possibly. I don’t think that’s the overlying issue. To be quite frankly, I believe it’s doubt and a bout of low self-esteem. I’ve struggled for a long time with body image. I’ve always pictured a certain image of how I want to look. It doesn’t matter how many compliments I receive daily because I instantly shoot them down internally. 

Therein lies the underlying issue: self doubt. We can throw in self-pity too if you’re feeling frisky. Morgan despises when I, in her words, ‘talk down about the man I love.’ And she’s right. But it just consumes me. 

Of course I know who I am and who’s I am. The almighty creator of this world knitted me wonderfully and beautifully. I get that. I do. And a majority of me wants to make sure that temple He created looks and feels as best as it can be. Am I doing a tip-top job? Doubtful. It’s not easy. 

The body is an incredible machine, but most people only get out of that machine what their mind allows them to.” – Rich Froning

I destroy myself mentally on a daily basis on numerous things: body, finances, Provider, pastor, and Protector. I work at being and controlling almost of those each day. But it’s hard work. 

The ultimate measure of a champion is not where he stands at times of comfort and convenience, but at times of challenge and adversity. I need to repeat that to myself each morning. 

I’ll admit that on numerous occasions I body shame myself because of what and who I see online or at my gym. It’s no way to live because instantaneously I’ve already psyched myself out, doubt enters the brain and I’m toast before I even put my fingers on the bar. 

I love crossfit. It’s awoken something in me that’s never been seen before. A fire that burns each time I sign up for my class. Then some nights or mornings I walk in the door and I’m just…..gone. And I refuse to accept that.  

The last few weeks are proof that the mind can control your body in every way. I don’t believe my body is tired. I think I’ve mentally hurt my strength and abilities with how I think. It has to stop. And it will.

 Follow your dreams and work hard. There’s no replacement for hard work, and that’s true for any field. If you work at it, you’re going to see the fruits of your labor. I guarantee it.” – Colby Lopez

Rebuild. Redesign. Reclaim. 

When Faith gets tested, keep it

I often field questions about my faith on a weekly basis. A lot of those questions come from young adults ranging from grades 9-12 and adults who knew me 10 years ago or just recently.

I don’t know if there’s a general interest or people are looking for me to break and show that it’s been a facade. Answer is simple: It’s not a facade and I break everyday.

I sin every minute because I’m a human being who’s not perfect but I try everyday. It’s a choice each and every morning to make time for Christ. When I wake up in the morning and if the first thing I think about is grabbing my phone to check messages then there’s a problem. That may be an addiction issue. But i’m guilty of that. I’ve done it many times and I’m not proud of it.

Every Friday night for over three hours I spend time with close to 100 kids who are impressionable and going through the toughest aspect of growth, puberty. And high school isn’t all rainbows and unicorns either. It’s not easy to preach to them or tell them how they should act. The best thing I can do is know my strengths as a leader and lead by example. Do some kids pull me aside and talk to me privately? Absolutely and I cherish those moments because they trust me and I don’t want to let them down.

I take the same approach with my adult friends. I’m not sure if they trust me or count on me to give them answers or to guide them in right directions but relationships are very important to me.

I liken our relationship with God similar to our relationships with other people. At the beginning, everything is new and cool but there comes a time when the dynamics of the relationship begin to change and a Christian becomes more centered, more rational, and more aware that the walk with God is no cakewalk. And that’s eye opening and not an easy pill to swallow.

Peter writes about that in the New Testament when talking about how God gets us through various trials.

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

Although I’ve experienced and enjoyed the highs and lows of my walk with Christ, I would not trade any of the scars and battle wounds because they remind me of how faithful Christ has been to me.

There were people who told me in the beginning that I was going through the ‘honeymoon’ period and things wouldn’t always seem so wonderful. Of course they were right. Where I stand right now has taken a different shape from when I first announced Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

With everything going on in the world today with the hate, politics, and choosing of sides I have to constantly remind myself that man will destroy man but there’s only ONE solution for me and that’s to rely on the promises God told me.

A lot of people today are unbearable to read at or listen to because everything they say are judgemental, political, and full of hate. I can’t live like that it’s too encompassing and mentally draining. Social media has recently taken a complete turn for the worst.

Pastor Steven Furtick said a few years back that ‘We compare our behind the scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.’ And that slogan has stuck with me and I try to live through that ever day I click on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

I struggle everyday with trying to be something I’m not or hating myself when I look into the mirror but I know it’s a problem and I just have to tell myself who I am and Who’s I am. It’s not easy growing up in this world and I see how difficult it is when I meet with these high schoolers every single week. It’s a completely different scene from when I was there age 10 or so years ago. It’s truly mesmerizing.

Look, I have a lot of problems just like everyone else but I’ll never hide them from people. We don’t have enough time on this earth to hide those things. I’m happy that in today’s day of age people are more accepted than in the past for their interests or fashions but it’s still a tough crowd there, so please guard your heart.

The Lord has me every moment of every day and He will forever meet me where I am. That is something I can worship and hold on to. Not crossfit, not pro wrestling, not baseball. But Jesus Christ is my constant and He’s never let me down yet.

Faith can move mountains. And when yours gets tested, keep it and watch the favor shift back. Be patient and be grateful for this day.

Snatch and Rope Mayhem

On the day when Disney announced the title of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, I will attempt to PR my toughest lift. The Snatch.

To this day, the snatch has been my toughest lift. I don’t believe weight is the issue as much as form. My form struggle mightily on this lift because I think too much. No excuses. I think way too much during some of these olympic lifts that it alters my results.

Since the new year I’ve been struggling with my confidence in the crossfit gym. It’s nobody’s fault but my own. I’m such a competitor that sometimes I check myself out when I’m pissed. I put a lot of pressure on myself each time I step on the mat to workout. I’m not a pleasure to be around. Not saying that’s acceptable but I expect a lot out of myself.

The people who train me are inspirations to all of us who walk into Crossfit Mt. Laurel and I struggle to make them proud. The focus isn’t on me but I put that single spotlight on myself and when I fail it crushes me.

Yes, this isn’t my job but I take it very seriously. There’s plenty of time to laugh, joke around, or be a community but once the timer begins it’s all business. I have not performed to the best of my abilities and things must change. And I’m confident they will. And I believe it’ll start tonight.

It’s a necessity to get out of my own head. No thinking just doing. This week we entered the halfway point of the eight week cycle and I’ve seen minor improvements. My power cleans, toes to bar, clean and jerks, and back squats are strong. So there’s an optimistic view.

My issue is that I want to be Rich Froning everyday and when I fail I destroy myself over it. I don’t mean I want to actually be Froning, because I don’t. I enjoy being Chris but I mean from a Crossfit point of view I want to reach that point. I want to be confident with each lift or WOD I perform. I’m not at that level.

I can’t even climb a friggan rope 15ft.

Again, impossible I know as he’s the fittest man in history. Notwithstanding, those are the goals I put in my own head. Unfair? Yes. Wrong? Absolutely not!

I’ll continue to bust my behind in these lifts and WOD’s, however, things have to improve. In the kitchen, off days, and inside the gym. I can’t anymore failure. I know I always tell people to embrace failure and learn to love it. It’s damn hard to practice what I preach.

But I’ll PR the snatch Monday night and will hopefully climb a rope 15 ft someday soon.

It’s a big week with many plans on the calendar. Most importantly, this Sunday is the Royal Rumble! My favorite WWE event of the year.

My Rumble winner: Samoa Joe.

Prayer of the Day:

Today I pray that I not let worry or doubt invade my thinking. I believe God is in control, therefore I know everything will work out fine.

Christmas and 2017

Separation anxiety from Christmas has settled in, however, when my favorite holiday passes it’s usually a pristine time for me to sit back and reflect on the year as it nears the end. But with the end of 2016 comes the beginning of a new year, a fresh start.
2017.

I truly think I had the best Christmas I’ve ever had in my life. And that credit goes to my fiance, friends, and family. There aren’t enough words to describe how special those said people are to me and as individuals. They’re truly unbelievable and God-given.

Morgan knows me better than anyone and she proved that in 2016. I think I did quite well as a man haha. But I’ll let her tell y’all that. Morgan, I love you more than anyone and anything ever and I’m pumped for 2017 and what’s to come for us.

Reflection. This past year has been a crazy one. I know when it comes to Hollywood it’s been horrid. On this end, it was tremendous. I got engaged, met and fell in love with her family, found Crossfit, witnessed my hero get inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame, had a lot of firsts, and had a great summer with baseball.

There were a couple down moments as well. Relationship struggles, heat with family and friends, and stopping a podcast I’ve had for a few years. I would love to do the podcast thing again at some point as I know I’m better than most of what is out there. I just don’t feel like spending the money for all of the resources. I’d rather donate that to my church family or save for a home and children. You know, priorities.

2016 also brought forth REVO Youth Ministry. Kingsway Church in Cherry Hill are my family. They have brought me closer to God more than anyone. I was baptized last summer and it was awesome. It was an eye opening event for me and I haven’t looked back. I’m excited for 2017 and what God has in store for Kingsway and I’m very blessed and honored to be part of the staff there.

Now, looking ahead to 2017. I’m not one for resolutions because they’re gimmicks. Be strong and just ‘do things.’ Don’t rely on an overused slogan to better yourself. 

Set goals. I have goals for myself. Let’s roll them off. 

1- Be a better man of faith. I want to be better for God. I want to prove myself to not only Christ but my FiancĂ© that I can and will be the Pastor, Provider, and Protector of our home. Big changes need to be made and they will be. That goes for everything. 

2- Crossfit needs to become a huge priority in my life. Not that it isn’t already but I need to excel to higher heights and dedicated myself to that lifestyle. When it comes to competition I have an addictive personality, good or bad it’s who I am. Some may say it’s being a sore loser, I don’t care what you call it that’s your prerogative. I love Crossfit. I absolutely love it. It’s pushed me further than I thought I could go and I need more. There’s a lot I want to accomplish and I’m praying heavy that God allows me to continue to push myself mentally and physically. And I’m grateful Morgan is fully supporting this passion of mine. 

3- To be a better friend/son/brother/nephew/etc. I need to be a better example for everyone I come in contact with. Whether that person is far from Christ or not, I need to be more evolved. I need the gospel of Jesus Christ to permeate from my spirit to others. And that starts with family and friends. 

4- To be a better teammate. Whether I like it or not guys on my baseball team look up to me and I need to be that leader. I enjoy that role, to a point. I don’t have it all together myself but I’d rather be there for my teammates then worry about my batting average. 

5- To be a better employee. No matter where life may take me in 2017 I need to be a better employee. It’s vital for character to work hard and be successful. I get paid to do a job and it do it right and that’s my focus when I clock in until I leave for the day. 

6- Embrace failure. Love failure. Learn from failure. Relish in failure. Urge myself to fail as many times as possible. 

7- To be the best Chris DiFrancesco I can possibly be. I need to be content with the blessing God has given me. I have love myself and not worry about about anyone’s opinion of me. The only opinion I need is what’s representative on the Cross. That is the only opinion I need. The Great I Am loves me. And that’s an understatement. 

As of now that’s all I got. I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Years Holiday. I’ll talk to you all very soon. 

Prayer for the Day

Father, forgive me for my shortcomings and continous sin. Father, I was lost and I want to be found. I pray that I maintain a strong faith in the midst of both troubles and need triumphs. Father, I pray that when I get knocked down you are always there to pick me up with Grace and mercy. 

Eagles, Testing Week

Beginning Monday, December 19th, testing week at Crossfit Mt. Laurel commences. And as far as I’m concerned, expectations are huge on my end. I’ve been hitting rather large PR’s as of late on the deadlift, snatch, and back squat.

This eight week cycle has been an absolute bear on my body both mentally and physically. Nonetheless, I’ve learned so much about the lifts, movements, and even myself. I’ve pushed my body to some serious limits these last two months.

In reality, I could use a solid break but that’s virtually impossible. I wish I could do these workouts seven days a week. That’s unreasonable because my temple would be destroyed. Nonetheless, I’m excited for test week. In my six+ months of being in Crossfit my gains have been tremendous. I’m not looking forward to the day when my PR’s become tougher and tougher to attain. We will see.

It’s been a rough year if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, like myself. I can’t stand the NFL as a whole because I think they’re greedy barbarians who do not care about the well being of human beings. That can also be said for a lot of the players that play every Monday, Thursday, sometimes Saturday, and Sunday’s. But I love the Eagles, I do. Because they only play 16 games I get more excited to watch them then any other team in Philadelphia.

However, if there’s been one positive about the Eagles this season I’d have point in the direction of Carson Wentz. I respect and love this kid. Regardless of his last 6-7 games I still believe he will be one of the best QB’s in the National Football League for a very long time. Give him Dak Prescott’s offensive line, running back, and wide receivers and we’d have a much different record than what we all see now.

What impresses me most about Wentz is how he is off the football field. He pronounces his faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ any chance he gets and isn’t scared of it. He also doesn’t shove it down our throats. Something I try not to do either. He’s an incredible role model for all youth athletes and adults as well. He’s easily my favorite Philadelphia athlete and might be the most respected player in this town since Brian Dawkins.

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Wentz will be just fine. I believe this because I’ve watched a lot of football over the years and haven’t missed maybe five Eagles games in over 20 years. Wentz will win this football team a Super Bowl. I firmly believe that. The North Dakota native reminds me a lot of Aaron Rodgers just not as egotistical.

Is #11 struggling right now? Absolutely. But please don’t read into the hate you hear in the media or from your friends. Figure out your own thoughts and opinions on what you see from the man on and off the field. He’s Peyton Manning in the sense that he will endlessly study this game and tirelessly study how to correct his weaknesses. He’s a student of the game. I’m not acting as if I know for a fact through my crystal ball that everything will be okay but I know that Wentz believes in himself and believe in God enough that hard work will get him through whatever needs to be done to be successful at this highest level.

He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” – Romans 4:21 NLT

It’s been very hard for me to listen to sports talk radio the last few years because of the vitriol commentary that’s spewed by men who ‘think’ they have a right to judge, destroy, and tear people down and hope the masses join in on the hate. That’s sickening actually. It’s even worse when fans and good people decide to join in on the ‘fun.’

Why can’t we just sit back and enjoy that we are able to watch our favorite team and be happy when they win and upset for a few hours when they lose? Why does it have to turn into a bitter-fest for six days after? What do we gain or get out of it? Direct that energy to something positive. Not towards a freaking game. A game that we didn’t play or have any control over.

I digress.

Look, if you’re an Eagles fan be proud of that. We are a passionate group who show up no matter what their record is. And be patient with this regime. They have a lot to repair from the previous leaders. And we have Wentz, whom I believe in 100% to win a Super Bowl in Eagles green.

I mean how can you not love this guy after seeing things like this:

Prayer of the Day:

“Today I pray that I not fear change so much, but rather stay open minded for the new direction and welcome the surprises change brings.”

Bryce Harper vs. Mike Trout Argument

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It’s maddening to me the storylines I read on a daily basis re: Bryce Harper vs. Mike Trout: Who would be a better fit for the Philadelphia Phillies.

I understand the affection the baseball world has with Harper, I do. Nice hair, is a loud mouth (apparently a devout Christian but doesn’t show it through actions), Under Armour player, an awesome MVP season (one season), and ESPN loves him. That’s always a plus, right?

However, what I don’t get is how media and fans can actually sitback in their lounge chairs and tells the masses Harper would be a better fit for any team over Trout.

Trout is undoubtedly the best baseball player on God’s green/blue Earth and it’s not even close. He may go down as one the best 5-10 players the league has ever seen. MAY. His second MVP winning season in 2016 basically broke huge records. Just read about them. Here’s the scary part, he’s only going to get better barring any health issues.

I put significant stock into WAR (Wins Above Replacement) because I believe it is the closest tool to tells us who really is most valuable to their team.

Through six years in MLB Trout has a career WAR of 47.7 career WAR, while Harper sports a 22.2.

That tells me what I originally thought, Trout is more than double the player Harper is. From an all-around standpoint it’s even truer. Just watch them both play. Trout adapts, Harper doesn’t. Harper, I believe, thinks as if talent alone will push him through and history shows it never works that way.

Let me put this right real quick: I think Harper is ultra talented. He could be a hall of fame talent. He can. But I don’t think he works hard enough. Entering his age-25 season Trout expects to get his 1,000th hit, 200th home run, 500 walks, over 700 runs, and a third MVP. He’s still 24.

Imagine if Trout had any talent around him in the Angels batting order?

I’ve never seen a player have an MVP season slash line of .330/.460/.649/1.109 and follow that up with a .243/.373/.441/.814. That tells me two things: 1- Lazy preparation. 2- He’s a ‘between those numbers’ player. So, in my reality Harper is a slash line of .286/.416/.545/.961. And that’s me being kind because his career slashes don’t resemble that. They’re much lower.

I can’t stand argument from Harper fans that ‘he was playing hurt’ last year. Stop it. If it was that bad he wouldn’t have played 147 games. He just did not prepare for the follow up to an MVP season like  an elite player should have.

After Trout’s 2014 MVP win he went out in 2015 and had a better season than 2014. A significantly better season. He knew his weaknesses and he fixed them.

In terms of contracts: Trout may actually be a cheaper option. He’s not represented by Scott Boras and he’s not as brash as Boras clients typically are. News broke this week that Boras and Harper are seeking a 10-year deal worth upwards of $400 million.

That’s just gosh darn ludicrous. It’s disgusting that MLB (or any pro sport) has reached this point where a pro athlete who works 7-9 months out of the year can earn more than any teacher, cop, or military personnel. Fans accept it because we are sheep. Sorry, but we are. Doesn’t make it an less ridiculous. These teams do not care about you or me. Just a fact. Start believing it. But if you enjoying cheering and buying blindly to these franchises then that’s your right. I enjoy going to the ballpark and watching baseball games, so I go. But I’ll complain when I want and when they deserve it.

But $400 million for a baseball player? Just stop with the greed. What do these men do with all these riches? Most of them rarely give back. And if they do it’s mandated behind the scenes for great PR.

Trout will most likely garner that same dollar attention but I don’t believe he’d reach the $400 million level. Trout wants to win. He cares about winning and that’s the sense I get from people around him. Would he turn down $400 million? Doubtful. But if he were offered $350-360 from the right team with a winning foundation built then I see him being fine with that.

There’s so much here that can still be discussed. However, a few things are clear. Trout is a much better player and there should be no denying that. If you’re tired of Trout I urge you to stop watching ESPN. Because they’ll kill everything and beat every dead horse. Harper isn’t the player he was in 2015, and may never be again.

Anything can happen and time will most certainly tell. For now, if you’re a fan of both guys then enjoy watching them because they are generational talents. They’re good for baseball for multiple reasons good or bad.

Prayer of the Day:

“Today I pray that I keep my feet on the ground but keep my eyes focused on the prize, to remain humble but reach for the stars.”

Crossfit and Supplements

What’s going on everyone. I hope this finds you recovering from a fun and plentiful Thanksgiving holiday. Although I am not a fan of turkey by any stretch of the imagination, I do thoroughly enjoy the holiday. Mainly because it all but ‘officially’ kicks off the Christmas season. Lord knows I adore Christmas-time.

One of the great things about the Thanksgiving holiday is it makes people like me want to work harder at the gym in the days leading up to turkey-day. Mainly because we all know 99% of us won’t care about carbs, fats, and sugars on this special occasion. For me, I have never gorged myself during the holiday season. I usually keep it simple and smooth with some wiggle room for bad snack nights. A bad snack in my world are thick sourdough pretzels from Snyders. (2 for $5 right now at ShopRite. Bags are family size. Can’t go wrong.)

Crossfit has been good to me lately as I’ve been able to hit a few PRs on lifts that have historically made me feel terribly weak. The snatch being one of them. I hit a new PR the Wednesday from to Thanksgiving and that sent me into a climax like stage for the holiday. Then Saturday morning (today) I not only PR’d on my Deadlift but repped that PR three times. I felt accomplished and strong, two feelings I rarely get to experience.

Now, I’ve never been a big supplement guy because I like to use what my body naturally produces. But since Crossfit is non-stop high intensity style workouts, I wanted to make sure I replenish my body prior and post workout and make sure I recover as quick as possible.

The two supplements I take are made by Xendurance. I loved the ratings this company had with their stuff and a couple crossfitters who I deeply respect (Josh Bridges being one of them) vouch for the company.

1) Xendurance Recovery Protein. – Chocolate

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Photo: Xendurance

 

It’s a 2lb bag that can either be purchase through their website (posted above) or even through Amazon. It tastes great. There’s zero after taste and I personally feel the effects are near immediate. There’s not much lag time. I usually feel destroyed after my workout but within 15 minutes of drinking Xendurance Protein I’m ready to go about my day feeling strong again. I fully recommend this product.

2) Xendurance Creatine- JB

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Photo: Josh Bridges’ Twitter (bridgesj3)

This was a supplement I was always weary of. However, I did extensive research, talked to some specialists, and trainers within the Crossfit community all around the nation and the general opinion was: Take it!

So, like any good student, I listened to the pro’s. I dump a full scoop of Xendurance Creatine into my Progenex shaker bottler filled with 8oz of water and drink away. This occurs immediately prior to my workout. You can purchase this product here. I have already seen the results over the last two weeks and it’s gotten me pretty pumped up (no pun intended). Again, none of these supplements will work if your nutrition is garbage. No supplement makes up for a piss-poor diet. Diet is almost everything (80%) when is comes to muscle growth and lifestyle. Your body fuels up based on what you put in it. Just remember that. It’s not a difficult concept. Just will power and a will to succeed. I fall down often but I hop back on that perch, recognize the issue, and attack.

I despise excuse-ridden people. I don’t have time for it. And they shouldn’t either. There’s still so much work to be done ahead of me and I’m not even close to satisfied. But I’ll get there. I don’t know when. But God does. And I just have to follow His lead and do all of this for His glory.

Okay, I have four days remaining in my 20s. I have nothing planned. I’m content. I want to attend my workout classes this week and go about my business into my year 30. Trust me, the best is yet to come.

Prayer of the day:

Today I pray that I remember I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to be the best me I can be today. I’ll worry about tomorrow tomorrow!

Harry Potter turns 15 and ramblings

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Wednesday, November 16th, marked the 15th anniversary of the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. 

How cool and at the same time horrible is that?

It’s cool because we, as Potter fanatics, get the chance to celebrate a day dedicated to HP. It’s horrible because it’s already been 15 years! I was almost 15 years old when the movie hit theatres. Oh well, the ol’ freight train of life.

Nonetheless, I’m in the middle of the second book and just bought the third. Can’t wait to get to it. Morgan and I have also began re-watching the movies again. We just wrapped up with Prisoner of Azkaban. Hoping for a weekend viewing of Goblet of Fire.

BUT, Saturday night at 7pm, yours truly and the fiance will be witnessing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! 

We are elated and jacked up for this movie. It looks visually stunning and Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 100% rating. Which is unbelievable. As visually masterful Doctor Strange was/is, I believe the prequel to Harry Potter will be that much better.

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Warner Bros. 

After watching this movie I hope the love I have for Potter world seeps into Beasts. It has that special feeling. The masses should come out to this one, especially those who love magic and Potter.

I turn 30 in just under two weeks, however, I’m not bringing that up because of my birthday. I’m strictly declaring this because of the Holiday season. I adore Christmas time. I really do. Especially being a Christian this season means the world because I can celebrate it for what it truly is here for. I don’t get wrapped up in the commercializing of the season because I love it for what it’s supposed to be celebrated for. Christ.

It bothers me how people use Christmas as a strictly gift-receiving selfish time of the year. If you’re not a Christian or a believer, why celebrate the Holiday? Honest. Again, that’s my take. There’s no secondary reason for Christmas as there’s no alternate celebration for it. It may be controversial or insensitive to say but it’s just factual.

For many years it’s how I celebrated it. I’m not a hypocrite. I didn’t celebrate Christmas the way I should’ve. I didn’t have the right to say I ‘love’ Christmas season because I didn’t love it for the reasons why it was even created. Odd.

Now, Christmas and Easter mean the absolute world to me. Which is really cool.

Also, Christmas music. I begin integrating holiday tunes into my playlists on September 1st. That way by the time 101.1 More FM in Philly switch to all Christmas music 24/7, I’m ready.

UPDATE: 2PM TODAY, 101.1 MORE FM PHILLY FLIP TO ALL CHRISTMAS!

I wanted to make this short and sweet and to throw something up there. This weekend I’ll shoot out a post on Fantastic Beasts and my week in Crossfit which has been insane in terms of PRs and movements. I’m not a bodybuilder nor am I trying to look abnormal. Simply trying to be balanced and fit. Doing my best and could be doing better.

I’ll also show everyone the supplements I take daily for the pre, during, and recovery of my body destruction.

Much love to everyone! Have a good rest of your week and I’ll catch you all this weekend.

Prayer of the Day:

Today I pray that I’m less judgmental of others. My past mistakes make me unfit to judge. I’ll start by judging me and my behavior.